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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Vauxhall VXR8

£54,325£56,025
7/10
Overall verdict
Still a wonderful V8, RWD bruiser at heart, but the extra electronics means it feels slightly confused
 

For: 

Successor to the wonderful Monaro, and the engine’s an even bigger V8. What’s not to like?

Against: 

You'll need a healthy supply of fuel and tyres to satisfy its smoking habit...

Overview

What is it?

When Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) calls its latest 576bhp, 546lb ft supercharged, 6.2-litre V8 vehicle, “The most powerful performance production car ever built in Australia”, you can well believe it. It’s badged as the new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS. This is a good thing. Top Gear has always appreciated the VXR8’s robust attitude to sophistication, what with its habit of jamming a big V8 into a rear-drive saloon and charging relatively little for it. But times have changed. The VXR8 is officially no longer unsophisticated. It is also officially no longer cheap.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
6.2i V8 Supercharged GTS 4dr
363g/km 18.5 585 £54,325
The cheapest
6.2i V8 Supercharged GTS 4dr
363g/km 18.5 585 £54,325
The greenest
6.2i V8 Supercharged GTS 4dr
363g/km 18.5 585 £54,325
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